1631 in history

1631 events chronologically

Feb 5 Roger Williams emigrates to Boston
Feb 25 François de Bassompierre, a French courtier, is arrested on Richelieu's orders
May 18 In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts
May 20 The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War
May 30 Publication of Gazette de France, the first French newspaper
Jun 17 Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal
Jun 20 The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates

Top 7 most famous people born in 1631

Aug 9 John Dryden an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668.
Aug 29 Henry Noris an Italian church historian, theologian and Cardinal, of Irish ancestry.
Oct 26 Leopold Karl von Kollonitsch a cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop of Kalocsa and later of Gran, or Esztergom, and Primate of Hungary. Also a count of the Holy Roman Empire, he was a leading figure of the Hungarian Counter-reformation
Oct 30 Pierre Beauchamp a French choreographer, dancer and composer, and the probable inventor of Beauchamp-Feuillet notation.
Nov 4 Mary Princess Royal and Princess of Orange Princess of Orange and Countess of Nassau as the wife of Prince William She was the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland and his wife, Henrietta Maria of France. Her only child later reigned as King William III of England and Ireland and II of Scotland
Dec 6 Antonio Zanchi an Italian painter of the Baroque, active mainly in Venice, but his prolific works can also be seen in Padua, Treviso, Rovigo, Verona, Vicenza, Loreto, Brescia, Milan, and Bergamo, as well as Bavaria.
Dec 14 Anne Conway Viscountess Conway an English philosopher whose work, in the tradition of the Cambridge Platonists, was an influence on Leibniz. Conway's thought is original as it is rationalist philosophy, with hallmarks of gynocentric concerns and patterns, and in that sense it was unique among seventeenth-century systems

Top 7 most famous people died in 1631

Mar 31 John Donne an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness of conventional Elizabethan poetry and an adaptation into English of European baroque and mannerist techniques. His early career was marked by poetry that bore immense knowledge of English society and he met that knowledge with sharp criticism. Another important theme in Donne's poetry is the idea of true religion, something that he spent much time considering and about which he often theorized. He wrote secular poems as well as erotic and love poems. He is particularly famous for his mastery of metaphysical conceits
Jun 17 Mumtaz Mahal For other uses, see Mumtaz Mahal.
Jun 21 John Smith (explorer) an English soldier, explorer, and author. He was knighted for his services to Sigismund Bathory, Prince of Transylvania and his friend Mózes Székely. He was considered to have played an important part in the establishment of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. He was a leader of the Virginia Colony between September 1608 and August 1609, and led an exploration along the rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. He was the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area and New England
Jul 10 Constance of Austria queen of Poland as the second wife of King Sigismund III Vasa and the mother of King John II Casimir.
Jul 19 Cesare Cremonini (philosopher) an Italian professor of natural philosophy, working rationalism and Aristotelian materialism inside scholasticism. He signed his Latin texts Cæsar Cremoninus , or Cæsar Cremonius
Oct 14 Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow a German noble and Queen of Denmark and Norway. She was the mother of King Christian IV of Denmark. She was Regent of Schleswig-Holstein 1590–94
Oct 20 Michael Maestlin a German astronomer and mathematician, known for being the mentor of Johannes Kepler.